Shooting “The Field of Chaos” with the Springfield Armory SAINT

Springfield Armory has released their video from the “Field of Chaos” night shoot at their current SAINT item-launch media occasion held in Las Vegas.

This shoot was the culmination of two days of shooting with the company’s new SAINT AR carbine. The SAINT is Springfield’s entry in the sub-$ 1,000 AR market (MSRP $ 899) and is primarily a M4 variety carbine with a mid-length gas system, “H” heavy buffer, and BCM furniture. (For comprehensive specs see “The Springfield Armory SAINT Revealed“)


The Field of Chaos occasion was a night shoot featuring hundreds of zombies, zombie garden Gnones, and other targets, all rigged with Tannerite explosives. The largest targets had been two old taxi’s set up with eight pounds of Tannerite apiece. The shooters utilised rifles equipped with Bushnell Elite Tactical 1-6.5×24 variable optic. With about a dozen shooters on the line it was a race to see who could shoot each and every target first and the firing was fast and furious.

Rob Pincus with a zombie gnome target. Photo by James Nicholas

Rob Pincus with a zombie gnome target. Photo by James Nicholas

Here’s the Springfield Armory video of the shoot:

The multitude of targets and stacks of loaded magazines encouraged shooters to fire as quickly as they could find targets. Patrick R. of The Firearms Blog fired an estimated 240 rounds in just a couple of minutes and managed to melt the polymer handguard exactly where it contacted the gas block. Jeremy S. of The Truth About Guns had a related issue. Taking into consideration the quantity of ammo fired, in the short time, I’m not shocked to see the polymer melt. The handguards had been too hot to touch without gloves, even with the built in heat shields.

Patrick R. with his melted off handguards. Note the color change on the flash hider from burning off the finish.

Patrick R. with his melted off handguards. Note the color alter on the flash hider from burning off the finish.

The “Field of Chaos” occasion was the literal instance of “going out with a bang.” Whilst the modest amounts of Tannerite on the gnomes and other targets created satisfying “booms” the eight pounds in every of the two taxis designed twisted and mangled vehicles. Aside from the already mentioned melted handguards, I did not see any issues with any of the rifles. They were definitely becoming pushed beyond standard use and how they stood up to this use is a great indication of the construct high quality of the Springfield Armory SAINT.

Photo by James Nicholas at

Photo by James Nicholas at

The Springfield Armory SAINT Revealed

Springfield Armory has released the information of their new SAINT product line featured in the company’s “Defend Your Legacy” marketing and advertising campaign.

The SAINT is a 5.56 AR carbine made as Springfield Armory’s entry in the sub-$ 1,000 AR industry.


With a MSRP of $ 899 the SAINT is positioned to be a worth leader in this segment. This information from the official Springfield Armory SAINT spec sheet runs down the details:

The SAINT weighs 6 pounds, 11 ounces, empty, and is 35.5″ extended completely extended and 32.25″ collapsed.

The upper and lower receivers are Variety III challenging anodized 7075 T6 aluminum, the upper receiver BCG bore and extension tube bore are coated with dry film lubricant, the upper consists of M4 feed ramps and an “Accu-Tite Tension System” utilizes a nylon tipped tension screw amongst the upper and lower receivers to get rid of play and enhance accuracy.

The 16″ barrel is created of Chrome Moly Vanadium with a 5.56 NATO chamber and a 1:eight RH twist. The chamber, bore and external surfaces are coated with a Melonite finish, including beneath the front sight base.

The rifle uses a mid-length gas system with a “H” heavy tungsten buffer. This mixture is engineered to improve function, decrease wear on internal parts, and decrease felt recoil.

The furniture is provided by Bravo Business and involves their six-position butt stock, exclusive PKMR handguard with KeyMod attachment points, Mod 3 pistol grip, and Bravo Organization oversize trigger-guard.

Although optic-prepared, the SAINT is prepared to go out of the box with a “F” height front sight with two MOA adjustment and a Springfield Armory low profile, flip-up, dual aperture rear sight with 1/2 MOA windage adjustment.

The carbine utilizes a M16 bolt carrier group which has been shot peened and magnetic particle inspected to met mil-spec needs. The gas crucial is hardened and staked and the extractor spring is installed with a o-ring for constant extraction. The trigger is an enhanced single-stage GI kind with a nickel boron coating.

The SAINT ships with a 30 round Magpul PMAG Gen M3.

Check back quickly for a hands-on report on the SAINT from the current Springfield Armory media occasion in Las Vegas.

A shooter tries out the SAINT at the recent Springfield Armory media event in Las Vegas

A shooter tries out the SAINT at the current Springfield Armory media event in Las Vegas

Assessment: Springfield Armory Variety Officer Compact Model 1

The Springfield Armory Variety Officer (RO) Compact 1911 followed their full-sized Range Officer model, to answer the demand for a more compact version, Here’s a quick rundown:

  • Barrel: 4″ stainless steel match grade, totally supported ramp, Bull
  • Caliber: 9mm or 45 ACP (I tested the 45)
  • Recoil Method: Dual Spring with Complete Length Guide Rod
  • Frame: Forged Aluminum Alloy, Black Hardcoat Anodized
  • Magazines: Accepts short 6-round “officer’s model” magazines rather than full-sized 1911 mags (Two incorporated)
  • Grips: Compact RO Double Diamond Thin Line Rosewood
  • Sights: Red fiber optic front, Low-profile combat two-dot rear
  • Slide: Forged carbon steel, Parkerized
  • Safety: Extended, only on left side
  • Beavertail extended grip security
  • Hammer: Delta style “speed hammer”
  • Trigger: Aluminum match grade, 5-pound pull
  • Lowered &amp flared ejection port
  • Weight (with empty magazine): 28.five ounces
  • Height: 5″
  • Length: 7.6″
  • Paddle holster included

I was pleased to discover that Springfield Armory now puts ramped barrels on all their 1911s with a barrel length of significantly less than five inches. This could appear to be a needless upgrade, but it is not. When dealing with aluminum frames on 1911s, many instances the frame’s feed ramp will get buggered-up — point getting that the ramped barrels on SA 1911s contribute to much more trustworthy feeding — my RO Compact sample had zero malfunctions in the course of my testing.

The RO Compact also comes with a double magazine pouch, which tends to make me want Springfield had included three mags (a single for the gun and two for the mag pouch). You also get some spare fiber optic rod material, must you break the 1 in the front sigh or wish to change it to a distinct colour.

My sample was really tightly place with each other, which was nice. It was also soaked in oil, so a excellent cleaning was required before use.

From my ammo locker, I pulled a great assortment of 45 ACP ammo for testing:

  • Black Hills 185-grain JHP
  • Black Hills steel case 185-grain JHP
  • Black Hills 230-grain JHP
  • Black Hills steel case 230-grain JHP
  • Black Hills 230-grain FMJ
  • Buffalo Bore 160-grain TAC-XP HP
  • Buffalo Bore 160-grain TAC-XP HP +P
  • Buffalo Bore 185-grain TAC-XP +P
  • Buffalo Bore 200-grain JHP +P
  • Buffalo Bore 230-grain FMJ +P

I ran half a dozen mags through the RO Compact, mixing the above ammo. This is always a fantastic test of reliability… mixing diverse bullet weights, FMJ, JHP, etc… and it never ever as soon as hinted of a malfunction, even even though I fired the pistol as quickly as I could pull the trigger.

I couldn’t inform you the number of instances I’ve mixed distinct kinds of bullet shapes and makes of ammo in the identical magazine, only to have it stutter or jam the gun. Not so with the RO Compact. I fired close to 400 rounds via the RO Compact and the gun wasn’t cleaned over the course of numerous shooting sessions, with no issues at all.

I fired the gun at 25 yards, resting it on a sleeping bag, over the hood of my SUV. No groups were bigger than four inches, and this little pistol had a couple of really wonderful groups. With the Black Hills 230-graiain JHP load I had a couple groups slightly beneath 3 inches. With the Buffalo Bore 185-grain TAC-XP +P regularly gave me groups smaller than 3 inches.

The recoil spring setup on the RO Compact is stout, and I was certain I was going to have to failures with the Buffalo Bore 160-grain low recoil loads, but I was wrong — and this load is a pussycat to shoot in the RO Compact.

Complete retail on the RO Compact is $ 989, and Gallery of Guns has iit for $ 899. Is this small gun worth that cash? You’d far better believe it is! I’ve owned numerous other 1911s that expense a lot a lot more, and they didn’t shoot practically as great as the RO Compact did, nor have been they as nicely put-collectively.

About the only “change” I would make would be to feed the tiny gun with 7-round mags alternatively of the 6-rounders that come with the gun. And let’s not overlook about Springfield’s limited lifetime warranty, which is one particular of the very best in the business. If something goes wrong or breaks on one particular of their guns, they fix it — easy as that.

It is challenging for me to uncover a 1911 that I’m not willing to customize to my own liking, but the RO Compact is excellent to go appropriate out of the box, if you ask me. So if you are in the industry for a new compact 1911 pistol, take a close appear at the Springfield Armory Range Officer Compact.